The Cannes film “Hold Me Tight” by Mathieu Amalric sold to Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Mathieu Amalric’s “Hold Me Tight,” a gripping family drama starring “Phantom Thread” actress Vicky Krieps. Co-produced and sold by Gaumont, the film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Adapted from Claudine Galea’s play, “Hold Me Tight” follows Clarisse (Krieps), a mother who has abandoned her family for mysterious reasons and is going through a great emotional upheaval. The film alternates between Clarisse’s adventures on the road and scenes of her husband Marc (Arieh Worthalter) struggling to care for their children at home.

Laetitia Gonzalez and Yaël Fogiel of Films du Poisson produced the film with Gaumont, Arte France Cinéma and Lupa Film as co-producers.

After Cannes, the film went on to play in Rotterdam and Busan, as well as two César nominations for Krieps and Best Adapted Screenplay for Amalric. Krieps was also in Cannes last year with Mia Hansen-Love’s “Bergman Island,” which played in competition.

“Hold Me Tight” marks Amalric’s sixth directorial outing. Among his cinematographic achievements are “Barbara”, which won a prize at Un Certain Regard in 2017, and “Tournée”, which won him the prize for best director in competition.

“Mathieu Amalric’s skills as a filmmaker and storyteller are on full display in this deeply emotional yet enigmatic story of love, memory and loss,” said Kino Lorber senior vice president Wendy Lidell, who brokered the agreement with Alexis Cassanet de Gaumont at Rendez-Vous. with French Cinema market in New York, co-organized by Film at Lincoln Center and Unifrance.

“Human hearts and minds often work in strange ways, and here Mathieu and Krieps manage to bring almost unfathomable feelings to the surface,” Lidell added.

Amalric said that “in these difficult times, it’s a huge honor that people like Wendy Lidell and Richard Lorber, who see so many films from around the world, have welcomed ‘Hold Me Tight’ with open arms”.

Cassanet said Kino Lorber has “a long history of distributing the best of French cinema in the United States and Canada”.

“We know Richard and Wendy will embrace Mathieu’s vision and deploy a tailored strategy to better reach North American audiences,” Cassanet added.

Kino Lorber also picked up “On the Edge”, a crime thriller in French by Giordano Gederlini (“Les Misérables”), at the New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema market.

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